Posted on September 28, 2020September 29, 2020 by earthlightsts — Leave a commentBest Reusable Coffee Cups + 10 Tips to Sip Sustainably September 29th marks International Coffee Day. Perk up with your own fun sustainable coffee cup and don’t pile on to the 2.7 million non-biodegradable coffee cups, lids and pods that end up in landfill every day. (Earth to Starbucks: They’re plastic-lined and largely non-recyclable.) Here are our best-selling, planet friendly reusable coffee cups we think you’ll love a latte! For Unique Form & Function: 12oz Pearl Ceramic Mug16oz Collapsible Cup12oz Brew Bottle For Fun with Bamboo Fibre: 16oz Rex16oz Nathan Road12oz Papafranco12oz Leave It Out Arthur12oz Toolondo Fishman16oz Mrs Mills For Stainless Steel & Sturdy Coffee Mugs: 16oz Insulated Cup16oz Insulated Tumbler33oz Insulated Bottle For Beautiful Bamboo Design Appeal in Insulated Coffee Mugs: 12oz Mug, Pink12oz Mug, Blue16oz Tumbler, White SHOP ALL COFFEE MUGS Let’s make that black coffee a little more green with this sustainable coffee guide for all you eco-friendly coffee drinkers: Buy Organic and Sustainably-Made: Go for less chemicals and more planet-friendly production with certifications like USDA Organic and Rainforest Alliance/UTZ. Buy Fair Trade: The coffee bean industry is one of the largest sites of forced labor around the world. Look for Fair Trade certifications to ensure growers are supported, not exploited. Start with this list.Cut Back on Packaging: Buy coffee in bulk, BYO containers and choose paper bags or recyclable aluminum containers versus the common lined bags that are extremely hard to recycle.Choose Quality Coffee Makers: A fully-automatic espresso machine and a traditional ‘auto-drip’ coffee maker are your best option, because these machines make fresh coffee with beans or ground coffee, and never use plastic or aluminum capsules. If You Have to Use Pods: Use a reusable pod and/or go with a brand that has a dedicated recycling program, like Nespresso.Consider Non-Dairy Milks: Our research shows soy and oak milk are the resource-saving front runners. While each has it’s own trade-offs, producing a glass of dairy milk results in almost three times more greenhouse gas emissions than any plant-based milk and it consumes nine times more land than any of the milk alternatives.Pare Down the Pieces: Skip the single-use stirrers and lids plugs; use reusable metal or 100% biodegradable paper filters; store sugars and powders in larger dispensers. Compost Your Coffee Grinds: These can be added to any home compost and saved from the 6 million tons going to landfill each year.Do Your Research: Support the local coffee shops and brands making concrete, transparent efforts. Ask about bean sourcing, recycling efforts, give-back programs, environmental offset efforts, etc. See who’s part of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, a major new global sustainability initiative across the industry.BYO Coffee Cup: Don’t be part of the billions of paper cups disposed each year and work towards this simplest step of carrying (and keeping for the long-term!) your own quality reusable. Sources: https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/fair-trade-coffee-brandshttps://groundsforchange.com/blogs/learn/fair-trade-coffeehttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/28/what-plant-milk-should-i-drink-almond-killing-bees-aoehttps://www.wellandgood.com/best-milk-for-the-environment/https://www.recycling.com/sustainable-coffee-guide/https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2019/02/business/starbucks-cup-problem/index.htmlhttps://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/nov/14/carbon-cafe-what-is-the-most-sustainable-coffee-orderhttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/07/partner-content-growing-a-sustainable-coffee-future/ ShareClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window) Post navigationPrevious post: Plastic-Free: Dental Care You & the Earth Can Smile About Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.